North-west of Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) lies Uitenhage. A town also known as the Garden Town due to its gorgeous position in the foothills of the Winterhoek Mountains, its many rambling parks and a climate that allows gardens to flourish with little input. Add to this already pretty picture the fact that the town's official flower, the Strelitzia, blooms just about everywhere, and you begin to see why Uitenhage might be a good place to put down roots
Uitenhage isn't a small town. Almost 300 000 people live here and a Volkswagen factory is one of the main forms of employment for many who live here.
The Uitenhage Street Carnival, around for two decades and celebrated in late November, is well worthwhile. Uitenhage all but shuts down for the event, which turns on festive street lights and produces a street stage. There's a street parade, live entertainment on the big street stage, a street market with over 120 stalls, a play land for children and a Miss Carnival Queen pageant (who goes on to serve as a community environmental ambassador).
Any town with a slogan like 'Uit is the new in' sounds like a fun town!